Lucie Guibault

Professor of Law; Associate Dean (Academic); Director, Law & Technology Institute

Phone: 902-494-1009
Mailing Address: 
Room 224, Weldon Law Building, 6061 University Ave
PO Box 15000 Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Intellectual property law
  • Copyright law
  • Patent law
  • Trademark law
  • IP licensing


  • LLB (U de Montréal)
  • LLM (U de Montréal)
  • PhD (U van Amsterdam)


Areas of supervision: All areas of intellectual property law.

Research interests

The goal of my research is to explain, interpret and evaluate legal rules, mostly in the area of copyright law, in a constantly evolving socio-economic and technological environment and where possible, make suggestions for improvement. My research and teaching focus primarily on intellectual property law, with important incursions into contract law, e-commerce law, competition law, fundamental rights law (mainly freedom of expression and right to privacy), and consumer law.    

Selected awards & honours

  • 2015: LIBER Innovation Award, Liber Europe Conference, London (UK) 14-16 June for paper "Is Europe Falling Behind? Copyright’s Impact on Data Mining in Academic Research" (C. Handke, L. Guibault and J.-J. Vallbé)
  • 2013: Highly Commended Award Winner at Literati Network awards for Excellence for paper (with N. Helberger), "Clash of Cultures – Integrating Copyright and Consumer Law", Info 2012, vol. 14/6.
  • 2008: Canon Foundation Europe, scholarship awarded to carry out research in the field of trademark law and comparative advertising, Tohoku University, Faculty of Law (Sendai, Japan)
  • 2006: Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) Akademie Colloquium for organisation of conference entitled ‘Open Content: New Models for Accessing and Licensing Knowledge’
  • 1996: Winner of the Prix des Cahiers de propriété intellectuelle (Québec, Canada)
  • 1994: Institute for Humane Studies, George Mason University (Virginia): scholarship awarded for attending the Liberty and Society Summer Seminar, College of Notre-Dame, Belmont California
  • 1992: Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD): scholarship for a research stay at the Max-Planck-Institut für Patent- Urheber- und Wettbewerbsrecht in Munich, Germany
  • 1991: Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD): scholarship awarded for a language immersion course in German at the University of Trier, Germany
  • 1988: Winner of the Prix Matthieu-Bernard (essay competition) (Société québécoise de droit international public, Québec, Canada)

Selected publications

  • Lucie Guibault, "Cultural Heritage Online? Settle It in the Country of Origin of the Work’", JIPITEC vol. 6 nr. 3, pp. 173-191. (refereed)
  • L. Guibault, ‘Why Cherry Picking Never Leads to Harmonisation: The Case of the Limitations on Copyright under Directive 2001/29/EC’, JIPITEC, 2010-2, p. 55-66. (refereed)
  • L. Guibault, ‘Le tir manqué de la Directive européenne sur le droit d'auteur dans la société de l'information’, 14 Les Cahiers de Propriété Intellectuelle 537-573 (2002).
  • L. Guibault, and S. van Gompel, ‘Collective Management in the European Union’, in D. Gervais (ed.), 3e ed. -Alphen aan den Rijn, Kluwer Law International, 2016, pp. 135-167.
  • L. Guibault, and C. Angelopoulos, Open Content Licensing – From Theory to Practice, Amsterdam, Amsterdam University Press 2011.
  • L. Guibault, and P.B. Hugenholtz (ed.), The Future of the Public Domain, The Hague, London, Boston, Kluwer Law International, Information Law Series, 2006.
  •  L. Guibault, and Ot van Daalen, Unravelling the Myth of Open Source Licences – An Analysis from a Dutch and European Law Perspective, The Hague, T.M.C. Asser Press, 2006, ITeR Series No. 8, 213p.
  •  L. Guibault, Copyright Limitations and Contracts – An Analysis of the Contractual Overridability of Limitations on Copyright, (Diss. University of Amsterdam) The Hague, London, Boston, Kluwer Law International, 2002, coll. Information Law Series – 9, 392p.

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